Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | February 10, 2009

Famously Unknown

There are a lot of famous people in this world who are unknown.

That was my first thought upon hearing a news story yesterday that a guy named Chris Brown has been accused of beating up his girlfriend whose name is Rihanna.  They didn’t give Rihanna’s last name, and I haven’t seen it pop up anywhere else; so I don’t really know to which Rihanna they are referring—there are so many of them.

The thought struck me, as it does so often in these situations, that I must really be out of it.  It is a sad reality that I am no longer cool, hip, or groovy.  I spend way too much time just chillin’ at the pad.  Even though I ain’t no jive turkey—at least I don’t consider myself one—I am certainly far from far out, dude.  Let’s face it; I just don’t dig it anymore.   Right on?

I have noticed lately that I have never heard of many of today’s “famous” people until they make the jump from entertainment news to news news.  For example, I have never heard of most rap “artists” (and I am being oh so generous with the term “artist” here) until they have been gunned down in a drive-by shooting.  I don’t know any of these great sports-types until they confess to steroid use.  Who is this Alex Rodriguez guy anyway?  What is he famous for (besides the steroid use)?  And, of course, I had never heard the names Chris Brown and Rihanna until their recent troubles splashed onto the CNN home page yesterday.  So what exactly are these two famous for?—besides the domestic violence thing, that is.

On the other hand, I can name all of the tax cheats recently nominated by the new Obama administration to fill cabinet positions.  They all probably wish that they were a little less famous these days.  And I can give you names of all of the recent governors toppled or nearly toppled by scandals.  Governors Spitzer and Blagojevich were thrown out (technically, Spitzer resigned), while Corzine of New Jersey kept his job after being involved in an accident that nearly killed him because he wasn’t complying with New Jersey’s seat belt law at the time.  He was lucky to get away with his life, let alone his job.  Of course, those who make the law are above it.  You don’t have to look too far to conclude that this is one of the top ten truths of life.

So I suppose it all comes down to exactly which news you spend your free time paying attention to.  A famous person to you is likely someone that I’ve never heard of—and vice versa.  Politicians generally make bigger targets for slinging arrows, so I’ll probably stick with the news news and leave the entertainment and sports news to others.  I love slinging arrows at politicians; they are altogether worthy targets.  One thing is for sure: I will never again resemble anything of a cool cat—at least not to today’s young set.  Got it, Daddy-O?


  1. Dude! You rock!

    Okay, the truth is, I think there must be a point in the average person’s life when they look absolutely ridiculous trying to keep up with the kids, so it’s probably just as well we don’t seriously make the effort.

    I know this because I think I may have crossed over that particular line yesterday when I asked Dan to help me organize a “flashmob pillow fight” in front of Wal-Mart.

    He kinda looked at me like I’d lost my entire basket of marbles.

    “How old are you, anyway?!”

    Needless to say, I now plan to stop at Wal-Mart to buy Geritol, instead.

  2. One of the first lessons I learned as I started to get older was that I do not buy clothes for my kids. We have entirely different tastes, and a lot of that is generational. In resolving the gift dilemma, I have learned that store gift cards work like magic!

  3. I’m like you…WHO IS THAT!!! But the political scene…I know who they are on both sides of the aisle AND fence.

    And with our economy…Gift Cards are a no-no…they could go out of business without notice. I suppose dollars are better…but then they too could become worthless. I usually just take the grandkids on a “shopping trip”…usually ends up costing me more but Oh Well!!…it makes them happy and that’s what counts. Plus I love to see their smiling faces 🙂

  4. We were very selective on the gift cards we got this year–established retailers like Penneys and Younkers. I steered clear of Circuit City!

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